Teaming up to catch a serial killer in Phoenix

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The search for the serial killer or killers in the Phoenix area is ongoing, but detectives need the public's help. Phoenix police say the killer is responsible for at least seven deaths.

On Friday police made another public plea, participating in a two-hour call-in special on Univision called "Voices of Maryvale," during which they encouraged viewers to report any and all tips.

"At this point, we're hoping to get a tip or something that somebody can give us that we can follow up on and hopefully lead us to this person before he hits again," said Lt. Ed DeCastro.

Also participating in the special was Phoenix City Councilor Daniel Valenzuela, Silent Witness and some of the murder victims' family members.

"We're hoping this helps," said Susana Castro. "We're looking at it as part of our grief process to have this person stopped because this can't happen anymore. It's already been seven people."

[READ MORE: Serial killer behind 8 shootings, 7 deaths in Phoenix]

Castro's nephew, Manual Castro Garcia, was one of the victims. He was just 19.

"There are families that are forever impacted negatively because of these terrible crimes," Councilor Valenzuela said.

The goal of the televised special, he said, was first to educate the Spanish-speaking community in Maryvale and beyond about these serial shootings, and second, to encourage them to report anything they may have seen that seemed suspicious. 

"We want people to not only hear that they've happened; we want people to do something about it. This is our community," said Valenzuela.

Six of the seven murders happened in Maryvale, a diverse community in west Phoenix with a lot of Spanish speakers who may not be able to communicate with officers or who may not trust them.

That's another reason police say Friday's two-hour live special was so important.

"Events like this, where we can come out to the community and let them see us and realize we're people, we want to help them and we absolutely need their help, are crucial," said Lt. DeCastro.

For Garcia's family, every day is hard without him.

"He was a very happy person. Very lovable, huggable, playful," his aunt said.

They're hoping this could be the event that inspires someone to call in a tip that could lead to an arrest which may help them heal.

"We forgive the person who did this to him because we know once he gets caught, he's not going to come back it's not going to bring him back but we will have a little bit of closure," said Castro.

There is a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. If you have any information call Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.

[READ MORE: Former cop gives insight into Phoenix serial shooter investigation]

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